Rob Lawrie with Bahar
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Rob Lawrie avoids fine over bid to sneak Afghan child to UK

A former soldier caught trying to bring a child into the UK has been given a suspended fine by a French court.

Rob Lawrie, 49, from Leeds, admitted to a court in Boulogne that he tried to get Bahar - known as Bru - into the UK.

He faced smuggling charges but was found guilty of a lesser charge of "endangering life" because he hid the girl in an unsafe way in a van.

The girl's father had hoped she could be smuggled out of the the migrants' camp at Calais.

Speaking in November last year he said he felt guilty that the man who tried to help his daughter could be jailed.

Lucy Williamson reports.

  • 14 Jan 2016
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